Looks like Dwayne Johnson’s next project is taking him back to his humble origins, and is further proof that either the actor/producer never sleeps, or has cloned himself at some point in the past five years.
Variety is reporting that Johnson’s next project comes in the form of a currently-untitled comedy, which has already been nabbed by Fox for a pilot commitment. This project will be produced by Johnson’s Seven Bucks Productions and Will Ferrell’s Gary Sachez Productions, and will chronicle the real experiences of Johnson and former WWE head writer Brian Gewirtz.
The project was described as follows by Variety:
“The series offers a behind-the-scenes look at a fictional professional wrestling outfit and chronicles the one-of-a-kind odd couple relationship that develops between a charismatic young character, like the The Rock, and a painfully awkward comedy writer new to the world of wrestling. A fish-out-of-water among all of these alpha males, this beta former sitcom writer needs as much help as he can get navigating the extremely passionate, sometimes crazy and always unpredictable world of professional wrestling.”
Johnson had the following to add regarding this announcement:
“This November will mark the 20th anniversary of my professional wrestling debut…I was 24 years old, putting in the hard work, making $40 bucks per match and had no clue of the long journey that lay ahead of me with characters and backstage stories so colorful you’d think there’s no way that can be true. The entertaining show that goes on in front of the crowd pales in comparison to the insanely entertaining show that goes on backstage. Brian and myself can’t wait to tell our stories.”
“Coming from Hollywood to the wrestling industry, with its intense backstage atmosphere and larger than life personalities, was a major culture shock. After working in the business for over 15 years, Dwayne and I had encounters and experiences that were unbelievable as well as unforgettable. We can’t wait to bring this project to the fans.”
While Johnson is no stranger to TV — he currently stars in the HBO series Ballers — it is unclear at this time whether or not he will actually star in this series. From the sound of the report, it seems likely Johnson may work in a similar capacity to show as Mark Wahlberg did for his own series Entourage — in that it would be in an executive producer role. But we’ll have to wait and see how things shake out. Johnson himself is busy enough as it is, so I can’t imagine him throwing another longterm acting commitment on his plate.
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